Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Christie's review: Manwhore +1 by Katy Evans


Series: Manwhore #2
Author: Katy Evans
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Rating:4 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Billionaire playboy? Check.
Ruthless businessman? Check.
Absolutely sinful? Check.

Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé.

I intended to reveal him, his secrets, his lifestyle—not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard.

Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I've become a hopeless Sinner.

Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me--something unexpected--and I want this wicked playboy's heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?

Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Saint or Sinner? Maybe a little of both. He's the kind of man you revere and fear all at the same time. He's the kind of man who built himself an empire and isn't afraid to leave casualties in his wake. And if you cross him, don't expect a second chance because he doesn't forgive and forget. If you read Manwhore, you know that the cliffhanger leaves Rachel in a very desperate spot.

God, I'm in so deep. So very deep I'm almost frightened but he makes me reckless enough to want to go even deeper.

She thought she was playing a game, holding all the cards. But the game turned back around on her and she found herself destroyed by her own deceit. What I wanted to know was, how would she ever extricate herself from this disaster of her own making?

Rachel is a reporter who was doing an exposé on Malcolm Saint, Chicago's most powerful bachelor and known player. In the course of getting close to him, she developed feelings she never planned on and everything splintered in the space of an instant. She wasn't planning on his magnetism, his drive, and his razor sharp need to conquer all focused on her. She never stood a chance.

Saint is undoubtedly one of my favorite heroes this year. Even though the book is entirely from Rachel's POV, I was Team Saint all the way. This impenetrable fortress of a man let down his walls and left himself bare, only to get a knife in the back for it. So naturally, I needed a lot from the heroine in order for her to redeem herself in my eyes.

I hurt this beautiful, ambitious, intelligent, generous, caring man. I used to rest my cheek where I could hear his heart. Now it's locked behind iron doors and ten-foot walls that I put there.

In the beginning of the book, Rachel is summoned back to Saint's inner sanctum after weeks of silence. Rather than the angry retaliation she was expecting, she gets coldness and...a job offer? I'm not going to give much more away about the plot, but I will say that nothing happens in the way you'd expect. Where Saint's motivations were at this point were heartening and painful all at the same time. I felt so much for what he'd been put through publicly-the betrayal was absolutely stinging. But the force of their attraction was as heavy as ever, and it wasn't fading no matter how much they tried to battle it's hold.

Probably my favorite thing about this author's writing is her ability to convey the angst and other varying emotions so thoroughly. Her words are an overload on your senses. Sharp, and concise. You can touch, smell, taste, see, and hear everything in that room that those characters are experiencing. The passion was incredibly explosive. I have no complaints in that regard. This couple consumed each other without a single touch. You just know when that sexual tension finally broke, it would be panty melting and they did NOT disappoint.

He's staring at me with such intensity, it almost feels like he doesn't know if he wants to kiss me, spank me, or fuck the hell out of me. Yes please.

As much as I loved the detail in Rachel's thoughts and feelings, at the same time, I felt like her inner lusting could have been cut down somewhat. I mean, I get it. Saint is....sheer male perfection. Who can blame her? But for me, the middle of the book slowed down considerably and I think this was one of the reasons why. Another thing that reduced my rating was the secondary characters. Saint's two best friends needed work in my opinion. Tahoe and Callan were supposed to be sophisticated, wealthy businessmen, but they came off more like oversexed frat boys with too much time on their hands. All they ever wanted to do was go clubbing and get laid. We don't see any detail in their real personalities, it left me feeling there was a lot lacking there. Especially since Tahoe and Gina's attraction hints at a future book. Give me a little something more to build on please!

In regards to Gina (Rachel's best friend), however, I felt like her character was MUCH improved from the first book. She was that annoying career driven, woman who won't allow a man close and wouldn't stand for her friend to want that either. She was always interjecting herself between Rachel and Saint at the worst moments in the previous book. But she's come to a place where she not only has come to accept them together, but she's even supportive and encouraging.

All in all, I enjoyed this book and I was satisfied with how these two characters were brought together. It was captivating watching them tentatively discover one another again. The flow of the story lagged for me in the middle, but not enough to bother me overmuch. I would still recommend this series to anyone who love Katy Evans' Real series. That same level of intensity and incredible alpha male was present here that I honestly didn't feel in her books since.

And if you're worried about the hero's manwhore status, don't be. Saint's focus in both books has one target, and one alone. These books are electrifying, sensual, and the epilogue...exquisite!! Turning the last page left a huge smile on my face, a big win in my book.


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